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shogun

What's the trick to this? My auger hasn't been cutting as well lately so I tried touching them up a bit, ever so lightly - well now it won't cut at all - big mistake. It would be most advantageous to be able to learn to sharpen these things, I don't want to spend another $30 for new blades - that's half the price of my auger!

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Northdrifter

Good luck... I tried the same thing a couple years ago... Same thing happened to me.. You got to get the angle perfect or you sit and spin...

FYI... you can trade in your old blades and get resharpened blades for less than half the cost of new ones... Most of the big local tackle and bait stores offer them...

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Surface Tension

No need to buy new blades, you can get blades sharpened or a blade exchange.

If the blade has a radius its going to be more difficult to sharpen and what ever you do leave the bottom of the blade alone.

A mora or chipper blade can be done without the extra equipment. All you'll need is a flat surface and 220-600 grit paper. Use a spray adhesive to stick the paper to that flat surface. If you can hold that angle without rocking then your good to go.

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shogun

yeah these are curved blades. I've got a spyderco triangle sharpmaker - I'm going to try again before I give it up. I looked around and did some google searches, seems to be a common problem - though some are successful - they claim they don't even have to be that sharp, the angle is the big thing.

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Raider4ever

Yeah, tried to sharpen my Mora hand auger blades on the ol' bench grinder. Big, (letter after "E")in' mistake. Thank The Maker I was fishing a lake that had a bait store nearby with blades (new blades, but I had to pay for my initial stupidity somehow). from now on, it's Hi-Ho, Hi-Ho off to M. Gen. we go a couple of times a year. Makes life a lot better. Also, remember reattach the blades right side down (yeah, not thinking can really screw up the day) and keep the PROPER allen wrench taped to the auger (see previous parenthetical entry).

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Surface Tension

Raider4ever, you could make a miniature Ulu with the shot Mora blades. smile

shogun, for the SM lazer blade I'd pickup a StrikeMaster blade sharpener then finish off with the fine stones in the spyderco or lansky type sharpener. Note that that SM sharpener has one cutting edge, unlike a knife sharpener which has two. When your finished you'll need to take the wires edge off the blade. As said you can't take any material off the backside/bottom of the blade. I use leather belts and or a buffing wheel to take that off. I sharpen Nils and the Fin Bore that uses the same style blades.

I've done my own Mora and chipper blades for years and still use the original blades that came with both augers, so it can be done and as said earlier without any special equipment.

Add a radius like the lazer, or Nils and things get a lot more complicated.

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opsirc

in the past I took mind to Duluth saw, here in Duluth. they do a good job and not that pricie.

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Northdrifter08

Did you say that was in Duluth...

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Surface Tension

Sadly, I heard Duluth Saw is not open anymore.

So I called their number and its "not in service"

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opsirc

its been a while, that I had the last set sharpen. guess will have to find someplace to get it done.

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Northlander

I find it best to just go do the blade exchange. Marine General, Fishermans Corner and Bait Box all do it.

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titelines

What's the deal with the blade exchange?

When you bring your old ones in, do you pick out a new set, or do they give you a set that were brought in by someone else that they re-sharpened?

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shogun

And can you pick up a used/sharpened set without trading any in? Is this more expensive? Doesn't matter?

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Northlander

Ya you trade your old blades for other exchanged sharpened ones. You can buy a set without a exchange as well.

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mrlipit

Try Denny,s Lawn and Garden, they sharpen auger blades.

I have 2 sets of blades - One cutting holes while the other pair is being sharpened!

They send them out to someone for sharpening, the price is right.

This is my 1st time using them, so i will give feedback on the results.

If you use them: post how they did sharpening your blades.

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gritsnham

DO NOT BUY RESHARPENED BLADES FROM FISHERMANS CORNER! Whom ever sharpened the blades they have did them wrong and I had to have my auger pitch readjusted because of this. Taught me a good lesson i guess...just make sure only the one side of the blades is sharpened otherwise it was done wrong

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Surface Tension

gritsnham, what type blade did you have sharpened? Its common to shim Mora blades. Whatever the case you shouldn't have needed to have your pitch adjusted because of a blade.

I do know that some of the SM and Jiffys had incorrect or bad mounts that needed to be re-pitched and in some cases replaced. Then you have the blades made in Sweden and China.

Might fit the same auger but the steel is not the same.

If you get a blade exchange that won't cut bring it back to the place you got it so they can have whomever is doing their sharpening correct the problem.

Blade exchange can be a good alternative. Drop your blade off and your out the door and with a fresh set. Sounds good in theory and it works but there are going to blades brought in with damage that can never be brought back to cut like new. I'd have to imagine that some of those core blades are tossed and the guy doing the sharpening absorbs that cost.

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gritsnham

Surface Tension they were lazer blades and were sharpened on the wrong side. I have a Lazer-224 and it still cut just not very fast. The guy at SM said that since they would not cut the pressure put on it caused the pitch to go off. This may have been my fault for putting to much pressure on it but im never close to Big Lake so a pain in the neck either way...

I would recommened to do the strikemaster exchange since they get them out fast and your sure to get good blades.

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shogun

marine general charges $20 to trade them in for used/resharpened ones, is there anyplace more reasonable?

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